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Washington Union Station Expansion Project Environmental Impact Statement

Project Information
Sector: Surface Transportation
Project Category: 
DOT Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) in coordination with Amtrak is proposing to expand and modernize Washington Union Station, the National Capital Region’s principal intermodal transportation hub. The purpose of the Washington Union Station Expansion Project (the Project) is to support current and future long‐term growth in rail service and operational needs; achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and emergency egress requirements; facilitate intermodal travel; provide a positive customer experience; enhance integration with the adjacent businesses, neighborhoods, and planned land uses; sustain the Station’s economic viability; and support continued preservation and use of the historic station building. The Project is needed to improve rail capacity, reliability, safety, efficiency, accessibility, and security, for both current and future long‐term railroad operations at this historic station.

FRA encourages and anticipates public participation throughout the development and evaluation of the Project.  The FRA website will be updated periodically with project milestones, information about additional public meetings, and other pertinent project information. Comments may be submitted by email to info@wusstationexpansion.com. Thank you for your interest and participation in this important transportation project.

In addition, pertinent information can be found at the project's FRA webpage, https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0866.

Permitting Timeline

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Federal Railroad Administration
In Progress
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 11/01/2015
Scoping 
Complete 01/04/2016
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Current Target Date: 03/15/2019
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Current Target Date: 09/23/2019
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Current Target Date: 11/29/2019
Section 106 Review
Federal Railroad Administration
In Progress
Milestones:
Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
Complete 11/23/2015
Notification agency will use NEPA substitution approach [36 CFR 800.8(c)]
Complete 11/23/2015
Section 106 consultation concluded
Current Target Date: 05/31/2019
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